Mayor Thomas McNamara will sign a proclamation on October 19 focused on standing up against antisemitism. The proclamation endorses the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Working Definition of Antisemitism and proclaims October 27 an Annual Day of Action to Combat Antisemitism in Rockford. The date of October 27 is chosen in recognition of the mass-shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh in 2019.
The City of Rockford, in coordination with the American Jewish Committee (AJC) Chicago, will host a special educational program on Combatting Antisemitism and Hate on Tuesday, October 19, at 5:30 p.m. at Temple Beth-El, 1203 Comanche Drive. Rabbi Binah Wing will discuss challenges facing the Jewish community today, as well as the impacts of hate speech on its members. Jason Rosensweig and Sarah van Loon of AJC will speak about the current state of antisemitism in America.
Rockford will become the third city in Illinois to endorse the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition, following Lincolnwood and Forest Park, joining dozens of countries, the U.S. government, and other states and towns around the country.
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